Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Chemistry
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Chemistry. grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
Winthrop University, WISE Program
Current academic or teaching status:
Fifth Year Masters Program
School and school district:
Currently teaching a General Chemistry Lab at York Technical College for the summer
I am a WISE intern and now Scholar. I am also a McNair Scholar. I have worked on two different research projects during my undergraduate years. I completed an American Chemical Society Certified Degree program in Chemistry at Winthrop University.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach because I am very passionate about chemistry and want to help inspire the next generation to have such a passion for chemistry or other STEM fields. I think that as a younger student I never would have believed I could be a chemist without the great teachers I had who encouraged me to be the best I could be. I want to help pass that onto future students.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
For me, it is hard to pin point one moment. But over the last few years through my WISE program, I met my mentor who I conducted research with and have seen how important it has been that both teacher and student learn from each other. The concept of teachers learning from their students was something I had heard of but never something I had seen in practice. It has really made an impact on the kind of educator I will be because I know the extreme importance of learning from my students as much as they hopefully learn from me.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
This program has meant so much to me because it has allowed me to connect with people both at my university and outside of it who are as passionate about education and the STEM fields as I am. I have had the amazing support of my program as I have completed my undergraduate degree and now as I complete my Masters. I truly know that without them I would not be where I am today, their support has made all the difference.